Thomas Wolsey (March 7, 1471 – November 29, 1530)
I cannot say for sure who really was the villain of the piece, but Cardinal Wolsey comes close to the top of my list of the usual suspects.
Thomas Wolsey (c. March 1473 – 29 November 1530) was an English archbishop, statesman and a cardinal of the Catholic Church. When Henry VIII became King of England in 1509, Wolsey became the King’s almoner. Wolsey’s affairs prospered, and by 1514 he had become the controlling figure in virtually all matters of state. He also held important ecclesiastical appointments. These included the Archbishopric of York—the second most important role in the English church—and acting as papal legate. His appointment as a cardinal by Pope Leo X in 1515 gave him precedence over all other English clergy.
The highest political position Wolsey attained was Lord Chancellor, the King’s chief adviser (formally, as his successor and disciple Thomas Cromwell was not). In that position, he enjoyed great freedom and was often depicted as an alter rex (other king). After failing to negotiate an annulment of Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Wolsey fell out of favour and was stripped of his government titles. He retreated to York to fulfil his ecclesiastical duties as archbishop, a position he nominally held but had neglected during his years in government. He was recalled to London to answer to charges of treason—charges Henry commonly used against ministers who fell out of his favour—but died on the way from natural causes.Wikipedia
This is the chart that I found on astrotheme.com and it has some ‘problems’, the least being the year. When biographies give an approximate birth year, it is usually because the person had been coy about what age they really were. I did the same once, saying that I was born in 1948, so that I could start work as an usher at the Roxy Theatre in Barrie when I was really just 14. When I reapplied for my Social Insurance Card years later, I gave my real birth year as 1950 and had to prove it with a birth certificate.
But for our purposes, I’m going to go with the details as provided, including a possibly late time of 8 am for his birth. Nevertheless, there are some interesting aspects: Saturn and the Ascendant conjunct in Taurus; the Moon and Jupiter conjunct in Libra; and one Yod, pointing at Uranus, also in Libra.
Sun Inconjunct Uranus
As with many other inconjuncts, astrologers have found that if you suppress your need and desire for freedom in your life, this energy may be expressed through illness or accident. While you are young, you may have accidents because you suddenly make unpredictable, rash movements. Later in life this aspect can signify cardiac problems, but only if you suppress your natural need for self-expression.
Saturn Inconjunct Uranus
If either of these planets is near conjunction or opposition with the Ascendant or Midheaven, this aspect indicates a serious tension in your life between freedom and restriction. Many people have this conflict, but in your case the tensions may be so severe that you express them physically as muscle tension and possibly nervousness. You feel that somehow you must keep everything in your life under tight control, that if you let go, the whole structure will fall apart. In a very real and direct sense, even while you are young, you mus learn to relax.
I have no doubts about the timing of Wolsey’s death chart, so combining it with his birth chart allows us to see if the birth aspects are further accentuated/exacerbated by the planetary aspects of his death chart.
And they are. That original Yod pointing at Uranus is now moved slightly, pointing at Jupiter @ 20 Libra, this time supported by Wolsey’s natal Venus @ 18 Pisces, and his natal Ascendant @ 20 Taurus. And his ‘fatal’ Ascendant @ 10 Leo is in wide opposition to his natal Mars @ 17 Aquarius. Isn’t this position of Mars where I came into writing about Jesus’ birth chart?
The ‘point of death’, which is not to be confused with the “Anaretic“, is one of the so-called Arabian PARS. If the degree of the Moon in a natal chart is revolved to the Ascendant, the cusp of the adjusted 8th house marks the death point.Dictionary of Astrology by Fred Gettings
In my original birth chart for Jesus, that position was 17 Aquarius and marked by Mars. Interesting.
Just before his death he reputedly spoke these words:
I see the matter against me how it is framed. But if I had served God as diligently as I have done the King, he would not have given me over in my grey hairs.